Suspects Sought in Attempted Robbery at Center City Diner

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    Police are searching for two men in connection with an attempted robbery a Center City diner Sunday. NBC10's Matt DeLucia spoke with a worker who was confronted by a robber. (Published Sunday, Jun 23, 2013)

    Police are searching for two men in connection with an attempted robbery at a Center City diner Sunday.

    Investigators say two men entered the back door of the Midtown Diner located at 122 South 11th Street around 6:20 a.m. One of the men confronted an employee and demanded money while the other waited by the door.

    Fifty-two-year-old Freddy Garcia tells NBC10 he was working in the basement when one of the men demanded money.

    “He told me, ‘give me the money…give me the money,'" said Garcia. “I said I don't have any money. I don't have any money.”

    Garcia says one of the suspects wore a mask over his head and was holding something in a plastic bag but he was not sure if it was a gun.

    Investigators say the suspect eventually gave up and ran up the stairs and out of the restaurant. Both men ran away without any cash, according to investigators.

    Owner Gus Hionas says he didn’t let the attempted robbery stop him from staying open and serving his customers.

    “By the time police got here, the guy just walked out,” said Hionas. “(Has anything happened like this before?) Never...in 41 years,” said Garcia.

    No one was injured in the incident.

     


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